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Honda Civic Type R - best performance cars

While the looks are an acquired taste, there's no arguing with the Honda Civic Type R's ability

The name Type R strikes a chord with hot hatch fans across the world, and the latest Civic Type R is at the cutting edge of hot hatch tech. It doesn't seem that long ago that the last Type R was launched, and that's because it was so long in development. This time around, the Type R followed hot on the heels of the standard Civic hatchback to cash-in on sales as soon as possible.

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Under the skin, the latest Civic Type R shares much with the last model. It has the same 2.0-litre turbo VTEC engine, front-wheel drive and six-speed manual gearbox, while the chassis has been honed to deliver an even sharper drive.

Honda Civic Type R review

Proof of that can be seen in the car's Nurburgring lap record, which shaved seven seconds off the time set by its predecessor.

The Civic Type R is one of the sharpest handling hot hatches on sale. With 316bhp on tap and pricing starting from around £31,500, it’s difficult to go faster for less.

Top 10 best performance cars 2019

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        1. 1. Porsche 911
        2. 2. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
        3. 3. McLaren 600LT
        4. 4. Ferrari 488 Pista
        5. 5. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
        6. 6. Caterham Seven
        7. 7. BMW M5 Competition
        8. 8. McLaren 720S
        9. 9. Honda Civic Type R
        10. 10. Ford Fiesta ST
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